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Not your mothers mash

We all grew up with mashed potatoes.  Someone in the family had the secret recipe and was in charge of bringing a big bowl of mashed potatoes to every family holiday.  The secret ingredient was usually way too many sticks of butter!  These mashed potatoes have several secret ingredients, and are sure to be the new family staple.


  • 6 small-medium local potatoes (Thanks to Farmer Dave)
  • 5 parsnips (potato to parsnip ratio is 60-40, slightly more potato than parsnip)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of half and half
  • salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese
  • 10 basil leaves, chiffonade

Peel the potatoes and parsnips, and cut them into equal sized pieces.  Put in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil.  Boil for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are fork-tender.  Drain the potatoes and parsnips, place in a mixing bowl.  Add the butter and cream cheese.  Mix on medium.  Add salt, pepper and half and half (add as much half and half as needed to have a the potatoes as creamy as you want).  Grate the Parmesan onto the potatoes and fold in the basil.  Serve warm, and tell me these are not delicious potatoes!


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This entry was posted on November 22, 2011 by in Peter Waterman's posts and tagged , , , , .
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